‘Superb’: BBC Sport pundit praises Tottenham attacker’s display
Garth Crooks praises Dele Alli for his display and offers him some advice about life under new Spurs boss Jose Mourinho
Garth Crooks singled out Dele Alli for special praise following his strong performance in Tottenham’s 3-2 win over West Ham United in the Premier League at the weekend.
Jose Mourinho took charge of his first game as Spurs boss after having been brought in as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane, before Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna’s late goals made the scoreline look more flattering for the hosts.
The 23-year-old Alli has only started five of Tottenham’s 13 Premier League games this season and he will be hoping to hold down a more regular spot in the first team under new boss Mourinho.
He has scored two goals and made one assist in the top flight and BBC Sport pundit Crooks had some words of advice for the Tottenham playmaker.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “The move into the space, the turn and the pass from Dele Alli for Son Heung-min to do what he does best was superb.
“However, what took place minutes later in the match at West Ham was something out of a box of magic tricks.
“The ball is running out of play, it’s caught by Alli while falling to the ground and, while on the floor, the Tottenham forward back heels the ball into Son’s path – who then provides the perfect cross for Lucas Moura to slot home.
“If Alli is going to be a success under Jose Mourinho, he will have to do more off the ball. Chuntering under his breath when the manager substitutes him after 70 minutes will not endear him either. Mourinho is only interested in team players.”
Alli will be hoping to feature for Tottenham Hotspur when they return to Champions League action on Tuesday night with a home clash against Greek side Olympiakos.
They will then switch their attentions back to the Premier League and their home game against Bournemouth on Saturday 30 November.